Weekly message – Sunday 26 April

Rosemary RichterDear friends,

I am writing on St George’s Day. We were to have the uniformed organisations come to church on Sunday 26th and renew their promises, but I know our leaders have been inviting them to make their promise in their own homes tonight.

At a time when all days seem the same, it is good to be reminded of something special and to make a time to celebrate. On the Queen’s birthday, our little grandson invited us to a FaceTime party. We had afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches, scones and birthday cake, and made party hats (ours were crowns) to wear. He was disappointed though, that we did not have a ‘pass the parcel’ at our end!

I remember a retired minister in a nursing home whose daughter made a point throughout the year of decorating his room for special times and events – for the seasons of the Christian year, but also for occasions like St George’s Day or Wimbledon or the Olympics. I think of that now, as it made something special out of life. When we are shut in, and all the days seem the same, it is good to give a significance to a time. I hope you are able to ‘keep Sunday special’.

Well, we have a dragon to fight, and we pray for all those who are hoping to have a shield, and have to take on the fight to protect others. I am reminded of the words of the old Sunday School hymn:

When a knight won his spurs in the stories of old,
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold;
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand
For God and for valour he rode through the land.

Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
'Gainst the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free, with the sword of my youth,
From the castle of darkness the power of truth.

Jan Struther (1901–1953)

St George doesn’t seem so fanciful now! Each day is special, I hope you can find ways to celebrate – and maybe share them with us!

Every blessing
Rosemary


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